Interdisciplinary learning in undergraduate and graduate education: Conceptualizations and empirical accounts

Lina Markauskaite, Hanni Mukkonen, Crina Damsa, Kate Thompson, Natasha Arthars, Ismail Celik, Molly Sutphen, Rachelle Esterhazy, Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, Ciaran Sugrue, Velda McCune, Penny Wheeler, Daniela Vasco, Yael Kali

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The purpose of this symposium is to bring together several research programs that aim to advance the conceptual and methodological foundations for studying interdisciplinary learning and to provide empirical evidence for further development of this, currently undertheorized and understudied, field. The first paper embraces a sociological concept of academic hospitality to look at how different modes of interdisciplinarity are adopted in university courses. The second paper adopts an activity-centered framework to investigate the development of students’ competence during interdisciplinary learning. The third paper takes a linguistic perspective and examines connectedness as a measure of interdisciplinarity in students’ produced artifacts. The last paper adopts a multimodal blending lens to look at how students integrate their ideas and construct shared knowledge artifacts during interdisciplinary innovation meetings. Collectively, the contributions provide a broad conceptual and methodological ‘toolkit’ for studying interdisciplinary learning from different analytical perspectives and at different levels of granularity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana S. Horn
Place of PublicationNashville, Tennessee
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781732467255
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020


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